VIDEO: How does planting mangroves along the Kingdom’s coasts support communities and biodiversity around them?
Mangroves can sequester up to five times more carbon dioxide than tropical forests.
What makes mangroves unique?
Mangroves grow between the land and sea, creating dense coastline forests.
More than 80 different species can be found across the globe in 121 countries.
Saudi Arabia is host to two unique mangrove species that thrive in different climates.
Avicenna marina grows in the Arabian Gulf and the northern Red Sea.
Rhizophora mucronata grows in the southern Red sea from Yanbu’ to Jazan.
Mangroves are the only trees that can survive in salt water and don’t require irrigation.
They can sequester up to five times more carbon dioxide than tropical forests and can store it in their roots for thousands of years.
They also absorb water impurities before they reach marine habitats and protect coastal communities from rising seas and storms.
We plant mangroves to protect vital ecosystems and contribute to a lower-carbon future.